Veganism is all the rage these days! From being a vague fringe habit just a decade or two ago to today’s estimates that over a million British citizens have ditches animal products, veganism has shot to popularity in recent years. Try-it-yourself events like Veganuary, ramped-up efforts of animal rights activists, and the ongoing revelation of health benefits of veganism being released into the public consciousness are all contributing factors in it’s exponential rise in popularity. Let’s take a look at some of the special benefits you can enjoy by adopting a vegan diet:
Aid Weight Loss
A vegan diet can help you shed those unwanted pounds! Many studies have observed that vegans are generally thinner and that they tend towards having a lower body mass index (BMI). Further randomized controlled studies have confirmed that vegan diets result in greater weight loss when compared with other diets containing meat or animal products. It was even determined that, even if the participant didn’t follow their vegan diet perfectly, they still lost more than those who never attempted a vegan diet at all.
Eating plenty of fresh vegetables and portions of fruit is linked to lower risks of heart disease and vegan diets contain these in spades! Vegans enjoy up to 75% lower risk of high blood pressure and are up to 42% less likely to die from heart disease. Vegan diets are also much better at reducing blood sugar and bad cholesterol, which both contribute to a healthy heart and body.
Reduce Risk of Cancer
Vegan diets can help stem the risk of several kinds of cancer! Eating legumes regularly helps to prevent colon cancer, while research has shown that eating seven portions of fresh fruit and vegetables every day lowers your risk of dying by any cancer by a whopping 15%! Eating fewer red meats along with processed meats and diary goods aids this, as these products are considered to increase the risk of multiple cancers. Vegan diets also tend to contain higher levels of soy products which helps ease the risk of breast cancer.